Raw Cocoa Hot Chocolate

Winter rhythm with hot chocolate and pj’s all day.

And pjs all day also means Netflix and chill. I love these nice and warm winter days. After my trip to St Lucia last year, I managed to bring back some raw cocoa with me.

St Lucia is one of the top destination for chocolate lovers. Cocoa plantation and a world heritage, St Lucia has been a cocoa producer for centuries.

Raw Cocoa is very strong, rich and flavourful.

Here is a the recipe for perfect Chantilly coco:

                        Ingredients for the cream:

·       150 ml double cream

·       2 tsp powdered sugar

·       a drop of vanilla extract

·       1tbsp of natural coconut aroma

Ingredients for the hot chocolate:

·       Hot water

·       1/2tbsp of raw cocoa

·       1tbsp of brown sugar or honey

·       whole milk

Combine all the ingredients for the coco Chantilly in a bowl and beat the cream until you get fluffy stiff peak on the whisk. Leave in the fridge.

Boiled water add cocoa and sugar and stir with a spoon.

Filter in the mug of your choice. Add desired amount of hot milk .

Add the Chantilly cream on top of the hot chocolate, sprinkle a little of chocolate on top and enjoy with a nice piece of cake .

What’s your favourite hot chocolate drink? marshmallow ? any syrup? share with me your ideas and tips…

Hot cocoa
Hot cocoa

Mulled Wine

Spices! Spices everywhere! Cakes, Biscuits, mulled wine and chocolate. Heuuu, mulled wine, anyone?
What’s Christmas without a glass of mulled wine? I love getting cosy with a great mug of mulled wine. Smells good, tastes good and it is comforting to your heart. What’s not to like?

It’s 12 degrees in London and is raining outside.. Well I guess it’s not a surprise, is it? It’s cold and even the thermostat doesn’t like what it’s showing.

Mulled wine
Mulled wine

That’s when homemade mulled wine comes into the picture.

Mulled wine is something unusual for me, see, don’t forget I am an Island Girl. Back home we drink Rum, oh yeah, and a lot of it…But on my first trip to Paris, Montmartre is where I discovered the fragrance and the taste of vin chaud. Yeah I said it’s Vin chaud, sorry guys! It just feels natural to call it that.

Vin chaud is easy to come across the Christmas markets of France and countries all over Europe. It started to be famous in the UK as well but we all know that it is a European delicacy.

The smell of cinnamon evokes the festive season, all you have to do is warm the wine on the stove and stir in the brown sugar till it melts. Then just drop in the mulling items: orange, cinnamon, anise, cloves, ginger, apple and wait a bit. Just be patient! Only a few more minutes…When it’s ready, serve it in glass mugs.

Mulled wine
Mulled wine

 

Chai Latte

It is that time of the year where you have to sit back and relax.So drop your guard and make some space for the hygge  season.I have been craving all sort of food and drinks lately but my favourite of all is that chai latte.

I am sure some of you knows exactly what I am talking about right? and if some of you doesn’t known yet ,keep scrolling you about to find out.Chai latte, hot chocolate and all these syrup latte come at a cost anywhere you go so don’t go to the coffee shop for a latte instead make one.

Chai Latte is an actual authentic popular Indian hot beverage ,compare to Starbucks or Costa coffee shop the real chai latte doesn’t come as a syrup but only ground spices ,a mix of ginger, cloves,cinnamon,black pepper star anise…Drop few black tea bags as Assam or Darjeeling add some milk  and there you have it.Chai latte ready in less than 8 minutes ! No need to spend £4 for a regular size of chai latte ,So what you said? humm ! Cup of chai latte coming right up!

Here is my recipe:

Chai latte:

  •  1/3 of black pepper
  • Liquorice ( if some of you love it)
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla pod
  • Cloves
  • 2 Black tea
  • 2 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • Agave syrup or honey

I used ground spices as below please feel free to decrease the ginger or black pepper as we all know they are quite strong taste.Also feel free to blend the mix spices if you want to and Store in an airtight plastic bag or glass jar.

  1. In a small saucepan, place water, tea bags, and 2 tablespoons chai spice mix. Bring to a boil; put the lid on, remove from heat, and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags and stir. Strain in to a cup
  3. Bring to boil the milk and your favourite sweetener add a pinch of cinnamon ,stir well.
  4. Remove from the heat when the milk start to be frothy .Pour half of the milk to the tea
  5. Sprinkle some more cinnamon on top

Sit back and relax

 

 

CHAI SPICES
CHAI SPICES

 

CHAI LATTE
CHAI LATTE
CHAI LATTE
CHAI LATTE

 

CHAI LATTE
CHAI LATTE

Banana Bread Muffin

No waste of these overripe  banana ,lets transform them to some little devine spiced treat for a great breakfast on the go.This is one of my favourite recipe to do on a Sunday evening.

As I am in a rush every Monday morning ,so the day before I take some  time to prepare these lovely muffin for me to take on my way to work on Monday.

Believe me they worth the effort.Well if you think about it, you save time, money ,no food waste ,and they are so easy ,simple , quick to make and at the end the product is absolutely delicious.

Banana Bread Muffin
Banana Bread Muffin

You can enjoy this banana bread plain or stir in some of your favorite mix-ins. I love adding either chopped walnuts or even mini chocolate chips or a teaspoon of peanut butter.Bananas,Flour ,some spices ,eggs and thats all what you need ,the simple ingredients and it comes out always perfectly: Crispy on the outside, soft and moisture in the inside.

Banana Bread Recipe:

    • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • ¼ cup (50 grams) brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 2 cups (440 grams) mashed banana, about 4 large ripe bananas
    • ½ cup (80 grams) chopped walnuts (optional)Peanut butter or dark chocolate chip

    Preheat your oven at 170 degrees ,spray your muffin tray with a nonstick cooking spray and set aside

    1. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until no large pieces remain.
    2. Add the sugar, egg and oil ,butter and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is incorporated.
    3. Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a separate mixing bowl and stir them together with a fork. Once they’re mixed together, dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
    4. Add your favourite filling
    5. Stir in any additional mix-ins and spoon into greased mini muffin tins.
    6. Spray the batter into the muffin tray and bake for about 18 minutes.
    7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

    Enjoy now or Grab and go on your way to work.

    Banana Bread Muffin
    Banana Bread Muffin